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Hawaii Food and Wine Festival

My husband and I heard about the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival last February from our waiter Kurt (Aukai is his Hawaiian name) at The Olelo Room at Aulani. This festival was very intriguing to us because: we both love good food, I love great wine and what could be a better location for a food and wine festival than Hawaii? Kurt explained that the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival was founded by Hawaii's own James Beard award-winning Chefs, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong as well as Roy's wife, ...

Staying fit on vacation

Healthy Vacationing in Hawaii - How I do Gourmet Done Skinny in Hawaii Staying fit on vacation? Sometimes people think I'm crazy for even talking about healthy vacationing. For many people vacation is a time to go crazy - eat and drink whatever you want, relax on the beach and do nothing. However my husband and I have learned over the years that if we do this, we feel sluggish, lazy, stuffed and generally not good. It causes stomach issues, sleep issues and we wonder why the heck we ate all ...

Olive Harvest in California

Have you ever seen olives on the tree right before harvest? The trees are loaded with bright green olives, just waiting to be picked. So beautiful! The color of the olive tree leaves themselves is such a unique silvery greyish green. The buds on the trees start sprouting in May and harvest occurs typically in September up until November. Harvesting olives in California Last May in Utah at the Everything Food Conference, I was fortunate enough to meet olive farmer Ed Curiel and his ...

Highlights of China from a Foodie

My trip to China this past June was a family trip inspired by my dad and my youngest son who have always wanted to visit China. We decided to do our trip with Adventures by Disney, since we knew they would do it right! And boy did they! We saw and did so much in 15 days that it's very hard to condense it into one teeny post, therefore I'm sticking to the food and highlights of the trip, otherwise this post will go on for days. This post was written by me and is based on my opinions of my ...

Why is it so hard to stick to a diet and not cheat?

Because we associate food with everything! It is so hard to stick to a diet, and not cheat. It's hard to change your eating habits to healthier ones because FOOD IS SOCIAL. Food is love, food is caring and comfort. Someone dies, we give them food. Someone gets married, we celebrate with food. Someone has a baby, we have a baby shower with food. Special date with spouse - it most likely involves food. Get togethers and holidays always involve food. Food is an important part of every culture ...

Juneau, Alaska!!! International Food Blogging Conference

Last month, I flew into Juneau for the International Food Blogging Conference. What a trip! Not only was the scenery amazing but the food! OMG! I've never had such delicious fresh seafood and I live in Seattle. Beautiful view of the water and mountains over Juneau Amazing restaurants and food trucks Who would have thought that the restaurants would be so amazing in this town of 32,000 people? And the fact that they have so many restaurants! Wow! I highly suggest you take a tour from ...

6 Strategies for Handling Weight Loss Interruptions

What to do about your weight when your focus is interrupted due to life's interruptions? Have you ever had your weight loss interrupted by something you didn't foresee and/or couldn't control? And it wasn't just a party or vacation that threw things off? These past 6 weeks have been a nightmare for me! What was supposed to be a routine colonoscopy turned into a major hand infection from an iv. Not only did I learn how important it is to follow your gut when you know something is really ...

Getting Back on Track and Back to the Basics

It's now almost the end of March. For those of you who started a new weight loss plan in January or made New Year's resolutions, how are you doing? Still on track? Hopefully you're doing great! If not, it's not too late! Don't worry, you can do this! This is the time to get re-centered, reorganized, read up on the basics and get back on track with weight loss and maintenance. Here are 5 tips to get you back on track with weight loss and maintenance if you aren't where you want to be: Are ...

Should you weigh and measure your food portions?

Yes! When trying to lose or maintain weight, it's so important to weigh and measure your food portions. Since every bite counts when you're trying to lose weight, you need to know how much that, "bite," is. The Importance of Weighing and Measuring Your Food Portions A little of this, and a little of that, can add up very quickly if you're not careful. Often times I will hear people say, "Oh, I don't count that," or "It's just a little bit." Coffee creamer, ketchup, it all adds up. You ...

How to Peel and Spiralize Butternut Squash

Having trouble peeling your butternut squash? Tired of cutting your fingers? Not sure what spiralizer to buy? Making butternut squash noodles is super easy when you have the right tools and the right know how. What kind of tools or equipment do I need to spiralize? I recommend two spiralizing products: 1. Paderno Spiralizer This Paderno Spiralizer was my very first spiralizer. It has a great price point. I've used mine for years. It has different attachments you can ...